The Work-Life Balance: Tips for Veterans (and the Rest of Us)
by Scott Faith
Have you ever experienced a kind of mental and psychological breakdown before? It’s not as uncommon as you might think. At those moments, you feel as though the entire world is against you and then begin to think of ways to declutter your life. It is something that is sadly worse for many married folks and many veterans, because they experience more pulls of their personal life and work life. Understand this: this is a dilemma that is being faced by millions of people across the entire world at the same time. Many people are burdened with the requirements of work and the rigors of maintaining families.
There have been solutions that have been touted as the best ones that can help people manage the two realities. As a matter of fact, many phone applications have been developed by mobile developers who promise that their device has the capacity to boost the lives of people. However, there are some basic techniques which many people easily overlook, but could help prevent burnouts in the long term. Let us examine some of them:
Use of meal delivery services– Probably 50 percent of the readers of this article are wondering, what are meal delivery services? while the other 50 percent may have heard of it or at currently using it. Delivered meal services usually consist of a set of services where you pay a restaurant or company to help you with the preparation of your meals and bring them to your doorstep. There is something brilliant about this idea as it helps people to reduced the stiff that they have to focus on doing in their personal life. With the invention of laundry services, people were spared the time of having to wash their clothes and hang them out to dry in the sun after some hours. Just in the same way, the invention of meal delivery services had spared many people the need to engage in many meal related activities.
For example, in a typical family setting, the parents would have to spend quality time in worrying about budgeting for food, spending time going to the grocery shop for supplies and also time spent in cooking. While those moments may be bonding moments for some families, it drastically takes the time that they have to spend away from work. On order to remedy this, meal delivery services engage in the planning of their customers meals according to their budget and then engages in the daily delivery of those foods to the houses of those clients. One great feature of this service is that the meal delivery company recognizes the need for balanced diet and since they are usually nutritionists, they plan the meals in such a way that it is easy for the clients to stick to balanced diet.
Planning for, and going on, vacations. You have to understand that vacations are one of the best therapies that you and your family can take in order to relieve the stress of balancing work life and Personal life. Here are some series of questions for you to consider, when was the last time you walked on a beach with no shoes on, feeling the sands beneath your toes? When was the last time you spent 2 hours at the spa, being waxed and treated to the best of services while enjoying nothing but sweet silence? When was the last time that you took a plane and better out to the Caribbean in order to take part in the lovely Rio carnival? The answers that you have provided to these questions will help to determine how stressed you are and how badly you need a vacation.
It is vital that you begin to plan your vacation while you are still at home with the family. Thankfully, there are many online trip planning services which can help you with the organization of activities that you can engage in during a vacation. You have to understand that having a vacation does not necessarily mean you have to spend big. If you notice that your budget would not be able to foot a trip to the Caribbean, you can content yourself by planning a hiking trip. The most important thing is the experiences that you are going to witness and also create with the loved one you took on the trip with you.
Saying “No.” Many people have automatically placed themselves in the positions they are because they do not just know how to say “No” to some requests that are basically just time wasting. While you ought to recognize the need for politeness within any situation, it is also vital to know that saying “No” to some requests will save you the time spent on meaningless pursuits. The proof that you love someone is not shown by your acceptance to do everything for that individual. Ultimately, in that future, that person may take advantage of that opportunity and exploit you. Parents already understand this with their kids and it is time you begin to adopt it at most times.
Scott Faith is a veteran of a half-dozen combat deployments and has served in several different Special Operations units over the course of his Army career. Scott’s writing focuses largely on veterans’ issues, but he is also a big proponent of Constitutional rights and has a deep interest in politics. He often allows other veterans who request anonymity to publish their work under his byline. Scott welcomes story ideas and feedback on his articles, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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